Beans for Benefits

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Great tasting foods, nutrient rich, hearty foods that brace and energize are the foundation of good diet. Real organic EDEN Dry Beans are part of that foundation, especially when they are complimented with whole grain. The noble, reliable bean does not need frills, yet it accepts and shines with the tastes of cuisines all over the world. Even simple bean dishes seasoned with a bit of sea salt please and deeply satisfy.

The aroma of a simmering pot of EDEN Beans brightens a home with a soothing comfort. Robust nourishment comes with a serving of home-cooked beans. Lysine and tryptophan in beans complement the amino acids of whole grain to create complete protein. Beans are the go-to healthy, restorative plant protein dish. No matter the season or time of day, they are great tasting, satisfying, versatile staples. The range of different kinds, tastes, cooking methods, and recipes offer great variety.

Bean Benefits

High protein beans provide a balanced amount of very good fat, have excellent fiber, complex carbs, B and other vitamins, folate, minerals like zinc, potassium, magnesium, iron, phytonutrients and antioxidants. FDA allows us to say, they may be good for the heart. Studies confirm beans act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, which may reduce the risk of cancer. Beans may help stabilize blood glucose levels or even prevent diabetes while their fiber helps lower blood glucose. Doctors treat fatty liver by managing weight loss and blood sugars, and reducing blood levels of triglyceride fat and bad cholesterol. Beans are also known to promote good gut health by encouraging the good microbes and diminishing the bad.

The high-quality soluble fiber of beans is known to strengthen thorough digestion. Beans satiate the appetite longer while they build strength in our body and help keep a desirable body mass making weight control easier. They also supply strong, steady energy from complex carbohydrates. Beans are one of the best foods to help reduce cholesterol and damaging free radicals.

Beans were found to be abundant in antioxidants most similar to those abundant in berries. “Beans are really loaded with antioxidant compounds,” said Clifford Beninger, Ph.D., an environmental biologist and former researcher for the USDA’s Bean Research Unit. “We didn’t know how potent they were until now. In general, darker colored seed coats were associated with higher levels of flavonoids, and therefore higher antioxidant activity.” Researchers tested the antioxidant activity of flavonoids found in 12 common varieties of dry beans. They found one class of compounds in particular, anthocyanins, were the most active antioxidants in beans. These findings add antioxidant activity to a growing list of healthy compounds found in beans and legumes. The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. “Beans are probably the best human plant food there is,” plant geneticist George L. Hosfield, Ph.D., told Reuters Health. “With the additional bonus of their antioxidants, you have almost the perfect food.”

Essential Food Security

With 40,000 bean varieties in seed banks, very few kinds are being grown today, yet more than 150 countries grow them. Beans can be stored for years and are easy to transport. They are absolutely essential to any concept of a food security plan, personal or national. They are relatively easy to grow and require minimal amounts of water. Beans compliment most other foods and are extremely versatile. Two cups (one pound) of dry beans yield six cups of highly nutritious, protein rich food.

The book, The Power of Pulses — Saving the World with Peas, Beans, Chickpeas, Favas, and Lentils proclaims beans to be the food of the future, capable of providing food security as climates shift and change.  Dr. Joan Sabaté professor in Nutrition at Loma Linda University, reported at the International Congress of Vegetarian Nutrition in 2018 that simply substituting beans for some beef consumption would significantly reduce negative environmental influence worldwide. Beans are a reliable organic crop, and useful in transitioning from chemical farming to organic, rejuvenative agriculture. Unitarian Service Committee Canada maintains that switching from toxic chemical-based methods to rejuvenative farming can increase crop yield up to 79 percent. Toxic chemical agriculture reduces crop yield, the opposite of what we are told.

Decades Organic

Eden Foods has promoted organic American bean farming for 53 years. Authentically organic EDEN Beans are purchased directly from the farms and farmers we know and trust. This salt-of-the-earth network grows some of the best tasting beans in the world. Practiced tending and decades organic soil brimming with life encourage the beans to their full potential. Most EDEN Beans are grown in the Midwest near Eden Foods home. Chickpeas and lentils must have a more arid climate like that of California, Arizona, and the Great Plains. EDEN Dry Beans from vital soils taste better and nourish best.

Cream of the Crop organic EDEN Dry Beans in one pound boxes also become precooked canned EDEN Beans, Seasoned Beans, Refried Beans, Chili of beans and whole grain, and Lundberg SG Brown Rice & Beans.  15, 29, and 108 oz. are made. Canned at Eden Foods’ organic cannery in Indiana, precooked, heat’n eat, organic EDEN Beans address the needs for convenience, sustainable local supplies, and real organic common sense agriculture.

Cooking EDEN Dry Beans from scratch may not be the fastest way to get dinner on the table, but they are simple to prepare and require minimal attention while cooking. It is time well spent in terms of satisfaction and benefits. Boxes of 16 oz. EDEN Beans include an Eden recipe on the back. EDEN Dry Beans also come in 25 pound bags for food service, retail, co-ops, schools, and families who wish to share with friends. For preparation tips, soaking and cooking instructions, visit Dry Bean Cooking Basics at edenfoods.com

Use Organic EDEN Dry Beans in soup, stew, casseroles, burritos, tacos, salads, dips, and spreads. For hundreds of free recipes visit edenfoods.com/recipes.